The Best Christmas Markets in Hamburg

Marion Kutter

A trip to Hamburg’s Christmas markets does not need much planning. During the Advent season, the city centre transforms into a festive strolling promenade with plenty of opportunities to buy gifts, snack on delicious food and enjoy one or two Glühwein. The various events will keep you entertained whichever of the markets you choose. Here are seven of the best.

1. Historical Christmas Market at the Town Hall

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Historical Christmas Market, Hamburg
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Hamburg’s historical Christmas Market charms visitors with the grand town hall as a backdrop, the best of German craftsmanship and a signature Glühwein recipe. The stalls and huts are elaborately decorated with lights and garlands and sell handmade artsy things rather than plastic toys. Shop around the individually themed alleys for wood carvings, glass art, beeswax candles, amber jewellery and lanterns. Culinary treats range from Nuremberg gingerbread to Hamburg’s speciality Schmalzkuchen. Look above and watch out for Santa zipping across the market in a reindeer sleigh.

2. Christmas Market at the Gänsemarkt

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The quaint Gänsemarkt market focuses on traditional Christmas market experiences. The smell of roast almonds and Glühwein hovers over the square; vendors sell hand-crafted goods made from wood, glass, wax and wool and Christmas songs qently hum in the background. A highlight for kids is the Advent Sundays when Santa Claus hands out presents.

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